Duy Nguyen <pclo...@gmail.com> writes:

> On Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM, Miller, Hugh <hughmil...@chevron.com> wrote:
>> Dear Community,
>> Is there any way to use .git (e.g., a different set of "client" commands) 
>> that allows the .git folder to be placed in a location away from the actual 
>> files being versioned ? For example, can one set environment variables that 
>> let the software know where the .git folder is ?
> Try
> git --git-dir=<new .git location> --work-tree=<top work tree location>
> <some command>
> The reason of two arguments instead of one is because .git is also
> used to mark top work tree location, which is now lost after you move
> .git elsewhere. You could also set environment variables GIT_DIR and
> GIT_WORK_TREE, which have the same effect. "man git" for details.

Depending on the true reason why such a split layout is desired, the
answer might be the textual .git (aka "gitfile: there") that is used
by the submodule folks via "clone --separate-git-dir".

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